England Lose World Cup Match On Penalty Kicks

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Jertzee says:

    I don’t think it has anythiong to do with a psychological block, but everything to do with poor preparation.

    Hope castigated some of her players for being cowards as none wanted to take the final spot kick.

    This tells me 2 things.
    1) She was not fully prepared for a shoot out as she should have had a list from 1 to 18 (or however many players were included with subs) so that whoever was on te pitch at the end of the game the players knew who was next on the list.

    2) The players never properly (if at all) practised the penalties.

    Some managers spout shit about not practising as it cannot replicate the atmosphere and pressure, but the bottom line is that if you knoow exactly where you are going to place the kick you are over half way there anyway.

    Wimbledon practised penalties for weeks before the Play Off final, and everyone knew where they were on the list.

    England were playing in a World Cup finals!!

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